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5.0 out of 5 stars Wham!, 13 April 2012
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I pressed the order button and ...Wham! (Apologies to Roy Lichtenstein) No sooner had I confirmed my order than the books appeared at my door. Well okay! Not quite, but substantially less than twenty four hours for delivery is in my book a pretty spectacular performance, and that's free delivery, wow! Well done Yodel.

Now to the true subject matter, the original of this volume is older than me and from the illustrations and the slightly stilted prose it is quite evident. That does not matter one iota, not a jot, this is the quintessential drawing handbook and that it was unavailable for so many years a tragedy. This book will not turn me into a great artist, not even a competent one, only by really applying myself to mastery of the subject can I achieve that, but this book, and its companions will show me how to apply myself and to achieve the desired results. Even if I merely wanted this as an artistic artefact to further swell my burgeoning art history section it would be worth the price, it is wonderful and inspirational and a fitting tribute to an excellent illustrator. Enough of the fulsome praise, I am now to put its contents to the test, but it is a lovely thing to behold.

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Initial post: 23 Apr 2012 00:16:21 BDT
Kona says:
I love your new profile photo! Black and white cats are my favorite.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2012 12:26:16 BDT
Peasant says:
This book is worth buying for the cover alone. Pow!

Posted on 11 May 2012 12:27:53 BDT
Peasant says:
Watch out, Kona - black and white cats get disproportionately run over. Why????????????? But it's true.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2012 20:19:13 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 May 2012 20:20:12 BDT
Yes! I think that may have been what tipped the balance, but to be able to draw like that!!!!!

Posted on 20 May 2012 16:10:32 BDT
Peasant says:
Can strongly recommend to anyone interested in depictions of the human figure The Glorious Dead: Figurative Sculpture of British First World War Memorials. Fascinating stuff; just picked it up by chance at Barter Books in Alnwick (fantastic shop, by the way; comfy chairs, coal fires, nice food in cafe, reasonable prices, huge stock) having never heard of it. Hard even to find it on Amazon, kept getting stuff about zombies!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2012 17:12:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 May 2012 17:33:00 BDT
Not the Geoffrey Archer of notorious repute surely? I just scanned the Barter Books website and it seems you got the only copy. Isn't that just typical, I'll have to bite the bullet and pay the Amazon price, woe, woe, and thrice woe. Still I don't know about you but these things always speak to me when I stop and look at them.
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